Social Studies Courses

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Social studies courses teach the learner the knowledge, skill and competence that is required for employment in a Social Care Setting. social studies is defined as the study of social science and the humanities. This includes history, geography, and political science.Social studies courses will also introduce learners to sociology and social studies which will develop their understanding and awareness of social issues.

Who should study a social studies course?

If you are someone who thrives on helping others, communicating with people and listening to them these could be of interest to you. If you have an interest in learning how to cope with stressful situations and teaching others the same, or if you are interested in tackling issues in the field of social justice this could also be for you. 

Other students might have an interest in Social Studies if they wish to work in a caring and challenging profession. 

What will I learn?

Student of these courses will learn how to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of sociology and its relevance 
  • Discuss the process of socialisation and the agents of socialisation by analysing family peer groups, education, media and how they impact on their lives
  • Discuss the impact of discrimination on individuals in society 
  • Explore the role and function of the family as a social unit
  • Acquire basic research skills by summarising the differences between primary and secondary research and qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Design appropriate survey methods e.g. questionnaires, interviews, observation as investigating strategies to unfamiliar social problems
  • Use a variety of media to access information
  • Exercise initiative and independence by investigating the experience of discrimination/discriminating practices encountered by one group in Irish society

Future Opportunities

Upon completion of a social studies course, the key areas of employment include:

  • Local and central government policy development and research
  • Health, social, and education support services 
  • Social work
  • Youth work
  • Probation
  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Mentoring
  • Education administration
  • Finance and commerce
  • Voluntary and charitable organisations
  • Media
  • Journalism
  • Public relations

 Other related careers opportunities include:

  • Careers adviser
  • Chartered accountant
  • Economist
  • Financial risk analyst
  • Housing manager
  • Human resources officer
  • Investment analyst
  • Market researcher
  • Police officer
  • Political researcher
  • Public relations officer
  • Social researcher
  • Social worker
  • Statistician
  • Youth worker

There are a large number of social studies courses available across the country. 


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